Alzheimer’s Association offers Savvy Caregiver Program

Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free caregiver course in Las Cruces offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free seven-session course presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter will be held each Wednesday from January 10 – February 21 from 1 – 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Office, 1155 S. Telshor Blvd. #202. The class is free and open to all citizens of Las Cruces and surrounding communities.

To register or for more information, contact Lindsey Bachman at (800) 272-3900 or

This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts, and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

Class size is limited and they do fill up quickly. Call now to register. Participants of the Savvy Caregiver Program may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes.

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast. Today, 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease — 3.3 million – are women. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia*.

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia. By 2050, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s dementia every 33 seconds. By that same year, as many as 16 million will have the disease.

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $259 billion in 2017, increasing to $1.1 trillion by mid-century.

Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll — not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In our own state, 38,000 New Mexicans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. They are cared for by 106,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families.

If you need help, call. The 24/7 Helpline anytime is available any time, day or night for support or information: 1 (800) 272-3900.

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more.

There are five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1 (800) 272-3900.

*Source for all statistics: The 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report at

About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit or call 1 (800) 272-3900.